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Coffee Workers’ Concerns Brew Over Chemical’s Link To Lung Disease

A chemical called diacetyl, which is released as a natural byproduct of the coffee roasting process, has been linked to lung disease. A CDC group advises coffee plants to take precautions.

Will Genetically ‘Edited’ Food Be Regulated? The Case Of The Mushroom

The U.S. is trying to figure out whether, and how, to regulate crops that have had their genes "edited." One example: a mushroom that doesn't brown when cut. It could be the first of many such crops.

‘Farm To Fable’? Tampa Probe Finds Many Restaurants Lie About Sourcing

Food critic Laura Reiley of the Tampa Bay Times spent two months investigating where her local eateries were really getting their ingredients. Many of their "farm-to-table" claims proved bogus.

Is There Wood Pulp In That Parmesan? How Scientists Sniff Out Food Fraud

Whether it's olive oil that's not so extra-virgin or burgers with a hint of horse meat, Chris Elliott, founder of the Institute for Global Food Security, explains how his laboratory uncovers fraud.

The Sporkful’s New Podcast Tackles Race, Food, and Cultural Identity

The next episode of Other People's Food features actress Rosie Perez From the studios of WNYC, Dan Pashman and Anne Noyes Saini produce The Sporkful, which, put simply, is a podcast about food. In a recently launched series called "Other...Show More Summary

Why Whole Foods Wants A Slower-Growing Chicken

A modern broiler, or meat chicken, grows incredibly fast. The bird suffers as a result, and some critics say its flavor does too. Now Whole Foods wants its suppliers to shift to slower-growing breeds.

How Little Vermont Got Big Food Companies To Label GMOs

In the coming weeks, major brands including General Mills, Kellogg and Mars will start labeling foods produced with genetic engineering. That's all because of a Vermont law set to take effect July 1.

Sleep Munchies: Why It’s Harder To Resist Snacks When We’re Tired

A new study finds that too little sleep boosts a signal in the body that may drive a stronger desire to eat. It's the latest evidence linking sleep deprivation to overeating and increased body weight.

Caffeine For Sale: The Hidden Trade Of The World’s Favorite Stimulant

Millions of people want caffeine removed from their coffee. Millions more want caffeine added to their soda. Little-known caffeine factories, scattered across the world, satisfy both desires.

USDA Imposes Stricter Limit On Salmonella Bacteria In Poultry Products

The USDA says it will prevent 50,000 cases of illness each year. Skeptics say the agency needs to take a different approach to the salmonella problem because the current one has not worked very well.

Crazy For Jerky: An Ancient Trail Food Finds New Fans

Jerky sales are soaring, thanks in part to millennials, who are snacking more than ever. Meat snacks are lightweight, high in nutrition and can travel long distances without spoiling.

A Diet High In Fiber May Help Protect Against Breast Cancer

Eating fruits, vegetables, grains and beans high in fiber can help keep us healthy. A study finds yet another benefit: Women on a high-fiber diet had a lower risk of developing breast cancer.

Guest Workers, Legal Yet Not Quite Free, Pick Florida’s Oranges

Most workers who are picking oranges in Florida are temporary "guest" workers from Mexico. They have signed contracts to work only for growers who arranged their visas and provide their housing.

Hillary Clinton’s Elixir: Can A Hot Pepper A Day Boost Immunity?

The presidential candidate says a jalapeno a day helps keep her healthy on the campaign trail. Turns out, she could be onto something. A large recent study linked a spicy food habit to longevity.

The Audacious Korean-American Chef Who Mastered ‘Mission Chinese Food’

Born in Korea, raised in Oklahoma, Danny Bowien was an adult when he taught himself to make Chinese food. That DIY vibe to his cooking has made him a rising star. Now he's written a cookbook.

‘Times’ Restaurant Critic Dishes On Guy Fieri — And Reviews That Stir The Pot

Restaurant critic Pete Wells tries to keep the customer in mind with all of his reviews. "We show awful lot of deference to chefs in our culture and maybe not enough deference to customers," he says.

Aztec Gold: Watch The History And Science Of Popcorn

Popcorn has been around at least 4,000 years. The Aztecs even had a word for the sound of kernels popping — totopoca. On National Popcorn Day, ponder the story of this beloved snack.

Our Favorite Banana May Be Doomed; Can New Varieties Replace It?

The Cavendish banana and other beloved varieties are threatened by a fungus that's spreading around the world. Scientists are trying to find new varieties that will be resistant to the disease.

At This Dinner Party, Talking About Death With Strangers Isn’t Taboo

Grieving can be isolating for young adults. A fledgling nonprofit invites 20- and 30-somethings to share their grief, with strangers, over a meal.

The Year In Food: Artificial Out, Innovation In (And 2 More Trends)

From big food companies simplifying ingredients, to the U.S. government's new goal to reduce food waste, to a public image crisis for Chipotle, 2015 has been a big year for food.

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